We found 3 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Marble Falls, TX.

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Dr. Jason Bennett Welch, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
810 W. Highway 71
Marble Falls, TX

Dr. Jason Welch practices adult gastroenterology in Marble Falls, TX. Dr. Welch is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Prashanth Adapala, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
810 W. Highway 71
Marble Falls, TX

Dr. Prashanth Adapala is a Marble Falls, TX physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and Osmania Medical College. Dr. Adapala trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars, 2014, 2013; Austin Monthly Top Doctors; and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Adapala speaks Telugu. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Larynx Problems, Leukemia, Pelvic Problems, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Abnormal Bleeding, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. James J Whyburn, MD
Specializes in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
810 W. Highway 71
Marble Falls, TX

Dr. James Whyburn specializes in vascular & interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology and practices in Temple, TX, Marble Falls, TX, and Round Rock, TX. Before performing his residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Whyburn attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare Bronze, and United Healthcare Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Whyburn has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Whyburn is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding

All Interests: Radioembolization, Fine Needle Aspiration, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Cryosurgery, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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